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Abel SDF – Sealed Drag Fresh


Abel’s new award winning freshwater, sealed drag reels.


Based on the SDS (Sealed Drag Salt), the SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh) is a scaled-down version of the award-winning saltwater titan featuring similar porting and a stainless steel / carbon fluoropolymer drag system. The SDF boasts an enormous amount of drag, an adjustment range almost three times greater than its predecessor, and virtually zero start up inertia.

Winner of the best new freshwater reel for 2018 by Fly Fisherman Magazine and Best of Show at the 2017 ICAST/IFTD industry trade show, the SDF comes on the heels of our move to Colorado: the trout-based surroundings inspired us to take it up a notch.

Available in three sizes and sixty-five different finishes*.

SDF  4/5      4 – 5 wts.

SDF  5/6      5 – 6 wts.

SDF  6/7     6 – 7 wts.

Recomended Uses:

Tackling most freshwater fishing situation.

*Order online for the standard black finish. However, please give the shop a call @ (406) 222 – 7130  to check on pricing, availabilty or to place an order for any of Abel’s custom finishes for their reels and spools.


4/5, 5/6, 6/7

Retrieve Direction

Left Hand Retrieve, Right Hand Retrieve


100 yds. 20lb. Cortland Backing, 100 yds. 30lb. Cortland Backing, 100 yds. 68lb. Hatch Backing, 200 yds. 20lb Cortland Backing, 200 yds. 30lb. Cortland Backing, 200 yds. 68lb. Hatch Backing, No Backing

Fly Box Style

Ported, Solid